Toxic Waste Prohibited from Entering Sanitary Sewer

No toxic waste of any sort can be conveyed to the District system.  Both the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency have taken strong positions on the introduction of such toxic waste into Publicly Owned Treatment Works (referred to as POTW by the EPA), since such wastes pass completely through a conventional domestic plant without being treated, resulting in pollution of state waters.

Paragraph (a), Part 403.5 of the Code of Federal Regulations (Title 40) states that:

“Pollutants introduced into POTW’s by any source of non-domestic discharge shall not inhibit or interfere with the operation or performance of the works.”

and the balance of Part 403.5 discusses the various prohibited wastes.  This section is specifically aimed at those who would be responsible for the possible introduction of such toxic wastes into a Publicly Owned Treatment Works.

Parties responsible for violating these prohibitions shall be subject to fines ranging anywhere from $10,000 to $25,000 per day (which is covered in the Clean Water Act of 1977, P.L. 95-217).  Notwithstanding the resulting fines imposed on the firms involved, the introduction of toxic waste to our system can hinder the plant capability for the entire community.  As such, the District will take whatever action necessary to terminate such introduction of toxic waste, including disconnection of the offender from the system.